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Kevin Meyer
Medical device company president, lean enterprise consultant, author, speaker.
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By Kevin Meyer I’ll preface this post by saying that yes, I’m from crazy California, I eat granola with fruits and nuts in the morning, am vegetarian (well, pescatarian), dislike wearing shoes, and practice yoga. At least I don’t have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Evolving Excellence
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By Kevin Meyer Five years ago I, and two good friends of mine, began what’s turned out to be an incredible journey. Specifically, in March of 2009 Gemba Academy was born. We had no way of knowing whether there would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer Rules are a funny thing. We like some of them because they make us feel protected, aligned, and perhaps operating on a fair playing field. We dislike them because they can protect us to the point of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer I remember two decades ago when I was in my first real executive role and I was asked to come up with a strategy for my business unit. I was in control and I could develop and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer For the past couple weeks I've been digging into employee handbooks as a startup I'm involved with has grown to the point of needing one. Few perhaps realize how that document, usually given to you on your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer Once again I have the privilege to be part of Curious Cat's annual management improvement blog review and will be taking a look back at three of my favorite blogs. TimeBack by Dan Markovitz - Dan has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer Thanks to Twitter, again, I recently came across one of the most insightful articles I've read in a long time - on a safety blog no less. Steven Shorrock takes on the concept of "human error" and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
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A heads up to Evolving Excellence readers that Gemba Academy has just added a group of videos to its Gemba Live! series titled "Reflections on 25 Years of Lean." Gemba Academy, in collaboration with the Lean Enterprise Institute, created and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
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By Kevin Meyer Last week I started a discussion post in the Lean Six Sigma LinkedIn group on Gemba Academy's latest featured video showing the morning executive standup meeting at my old company, Specialty Silicone. I had started the morning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer A hat tip to Mark Graban for pointing out this article on a problem the Fairbanks airport has been experiencing with Apple Maps. It would be funny if it wasn't so serious. Ok, it's still funny. There’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
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By Kevin Meyer Ever since I heard of the passing of Eiji Toyoda several days ago I have struggled to find the appropriate words to convey the impact he has had on the world of work. Mr. Toyoda is the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
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By Kevin Meyer On the long series of flights back home from Bhutan and Nepal last weekend I came across an article on CNN on Mark Zuckerberg's Bizarre New Self-Improvement Goal. I haven't really been a fan of the arrogant... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer Seven years ago, yes seven, we started to wonder something about the seemingly rosy U.S. productivity numbers: At its most fundamental level, productivity is manufacturing output divided by labor. If a company can produce more with less... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer Regular readers know that I'm no big fan of Jack Welch, to put it mildly. My opinion is shared by many in the lean world, at least those that recognize that the second, oft-forgotten, pillar of lean... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer A few years ago when I was a young lad, a friend of mine introduced me to a newfangled gizmo called "Pong." We temporarily disconnected his Betamax from his 27" big screen TV (a new color model!)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer There was a fantastic story in The New York Times yesterday on how Toyota is helping various charities in the New York City area. Most charities simply like donations, especially cash. Toyota decided to give something different:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer It's been just over two years since Anthony Weiner's first admission to behaving badly, leading to his resignation from Congress. At the time I was amazed at how many folks tried to rationalize his behavior, prompting me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer It's time to clear out some thoughts on an eclectic mix of articles I've been reading, so please pardon the potential mental whiplash. So what does your company do to keep an eye on competitors? Perhaps it's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
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By Kevin Meyer And now a rare word from what is effectively our sponsor...! As many of you know, I am one of the partners in Gemba Academy, a company that has been providing online lean and six sigma training... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer Stories of U.S.-based low margin commodity manufacturers successfully competing against companies from "low cost" countries always intrigue me. Perhaps because they provide such a stick to poke at high margin companies that claim they can't compete. Those... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
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By Kevin Meyer Jabil's website promotes their commitment to lean, especially their report showing the following: That truly is impressive, and I happen to know something about Jabil and know it is real. Those numbers are driving significant increases in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer One of my favorite blogs, Raptitude by David Cain, recently had a post on decisionmaking and minimalism. As an aspiring minimalist this appealed to me, but the commentary on choice and decisions was especially apropo. I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer I'm an early adopter tech geek at heart, and generally am among the first to embrace a new technology. I love my gizmos, although I focus on how they can be used to streamline and simplify life,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer I admit it, I love Apple products. For me they just work how I want them to, and I haven't seen the "blue screen of death" since I switched from PC to Mac years ago. But as... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Evolving Excellence
By Kevin Meyer When I first read Justin Brady's article on creativity in The Wall Street Journal last week I immediately thought here comes another puff piece regurgitating worn-out cliches on the catch-all called leadership. Perhaps that's still true, but... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at Evolving Excellence